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Peterborough Letter: Ottawa Must Take Steps to Protect Canadian Media

Note to readers: Our disappeared headlines, February 4th

Dear Rep. Maryam Monsef, I would like to add my voice to the growing concern about fair compensation for Canadian news content from global tech giants like Google and Facebook, and related digital advertising revenues that remain south of our border.

According to the nationwide notice last week from News Media Canada’s President and CEO John Hinds, I urge you to introduce a bill that would force trillion-dollar monopolies to pay fairly for Canadian news content, as it did by Hinds was described in the Australian example.

I write as a former radio and television broadcaster who values ​​the need for news content recognition in order for local journalism to thrive. I am also a current member of an organization (Aces of Harmony) that is required to pay for music rights and usage. So I understand this process.

As Hinds has also indicated, music, film, radio and television content in Canada have safeguards in place to prevent the sole dissemination of what may be the only source of news to the public if not addressed immediately – unpredictable and divisive, fake news in the US social media. I’m sure you know where this has taken the US, and indirectly Canada, during the Trump presidency.

Maryam, this is not an old story, but unfortunately an extremely disturbing long-running saga that is coming to a head and should have been addressed years ago. If you look forward to reading reliable coverage and seeing this local paper on your doorstep and online to cover your government successes and the necessary controls and considerations associated with the territory, act now for reliable journalism here keep alive in Peterborough region and across the country.

Mr. Hinds encourages you to learn more at levelingthedigitalplayingfield.ca where you will see:

“A strong, diverse and independent news medium is valued by Canadians and is vital to our democracy.”

How true!

Fred Rapson, Peterborough

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